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Build Your Resilience: Teach Yourself How to Survive and Thrive in Any Situation (Teach Yourself: Relationships & Self-Help) Paperback – 25 May 2012

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Crammed with strategies and techniques to improve your psychological resilience. (Management Today)

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An interactive and dynamic guide to Resilience, the highly-effective CBT-based therapy which will help you to stay strong and positive whatever your situation.

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I was thumbing through Epictetus' `The Art of Living - the classic manual on virtue, happiness and effectiveness' interpreted by Sharon Lebell at the same time as reading this book. Epictetus' writings in the first century Roman Empire, a founder of Stoicism, are considered by some to be a primer for living the best possible life.

Centuries later, Stoicism is a foundation for the new behaviour therapies, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, (ACT), the third wave of behaviour therapies.

Robertson's book rests on the assumptions of ACT. What makes the book different to many self-help books is that `Build Your Resilience' does not attempt to mend a specific problem, but instead aims to serve a higher function by `improving resilience to both current and future adversities...enhancing positive qualities like psychological flexibility, social skills and problem solving ability'.

The Behaviourists assert that sometimes we need more than talking about our problems in order to change. I might add here that we need more than reading about our problems. We may need to recognise the difference between where we are and where we want to be and how we can go about getting there.

Robertson makes a clear point that it is not enough to read this book if you want things to be different or better - insight is not enough to create change, you will actually have to do the work! Having made his position clear, he then presents an evidence based self-help approach, fully referenced.

Building self-acceptance is a key theme in the book. Robertson points out, for example, that `having a history of mental health problems statistically (is) quite normal. Depression and anxiety appear to be part of the human condition'. Now there is a revelation in itself.
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There are a number of self help books and programs designed to build and maintain resilience. Donald Robertson's 'Build Your Resilience' draws upon established resilience training programs but is perhaps the first to also offer a powerful toolkit of therapeutic techniques and strategies from ancient stoic philosophy right the way though to the cutting edge new wave cognitive behavioural therapies of acceptance and commitment and mindfulness meditation. If you think this sounds dry and overly academic think again.I found the book to be practical and action orientated. It starts with a thorough explanation of resilience then goes on to teach the reader how to build and maintain it.Early on in the book Robertson emphasises that resilience does not mean completely eliminating anxiety, stress, worry or any of the other common emotional problems that we all experience at some point in our lives. In fact struggling to control unpleasant thoughts and feelings can backfire. Most resilient people will experience strong emotions but cope well with them. Build your resilience will teach the rest of us how to accept unpleasant thoughts and strong emotions while moving on with healthy goals and personal values.

The book also covers ..

*Progressive and applied relaxation
*Worry postponement
*Problem-solving training
*Assertiveness and social skills
*Stoic philosophy and resilience.

The book will appeal to the general reader as well as to therapists and coaches who may wish to recommend it to there clients.
We all have some resilience or at least the potential for resilience. This book teaches the reader how to put that into practice. I highly recommend it.

Michael Cohen author of

Identifying,understanding and solutions to stress

The power of accepting yourself
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This is an excellent read on the increasingly popular topic of resilience. It manages a good balance between outlining history and basic theory but still making it very accessible to the layman. I think the exercises are very useful for exploring our own psychological responses to stress and would similarly be a good overall guide for a practitioner looking to apply some of the principles of resilience to their current practice. Well worth a read.
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The title of this book appealed to me as I've had a difficult year this year and found life generally hard to cope with. The first few pages of this book were captivating. As I read more I've found myself agreeing with some of the examples set and the practical information has really helped me to feel stronger. I understand now that I don't have to change who I am. I just have to be comfortable with who I am. The book's not just about me though. It'll help me to be resilient when coping with some other family issues that keep copping up from time to time.
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I really liked this new book. Building resilience is something that can help everyone get through situations that life throws your way. The book walks you through a menu of different techniques with practical exercises and tips on each. I particularly liked the final chapter on philosophy. Recommended.
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A quote from Marcus Aurelius near the start of the book sums it up for me:
"The human soul degrades itself above all, when it does its best to become an abscess, a kind of detached growth on the world. To be disgruntled at anything that happens is a kind of secession from Nature".

It might seem reasonable to be worried or stressed or overwhelmed, but humans are designed to withstand almost any kind of pressure or setback.

The American entrepreneur Ping Fu's world was thrown upside down when as a young girl Mao's Cultural Revolution began. But just before she was told:
"There are three friends of winter: the pine tree [strength], the plum blossom [courage], and bamboo [resilience]. When you are like the three friends of winter, you take everything in your stride with grace".

Robertson's book provides useful ideas, tips and strategies for actually being able to achieve this.
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